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>>politically direct means no bs, cutting through the clutter. >>bill press and stephanie miller, current's new morning news block. weekdays six to noon. ♪ ♪ >> wednesday, wednesday april 18th. good morning, everybody. great to see you today. welcome. welcome to the full-court press, the bill press show coming to you live coast to coast on current tv from our nation's capitol, all both here in washington, d.c. around the country and around the globe and taking your calls. you are going to find this one unbeliefable.
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okay? we have all been kids. a lot of us have had kids. sometimes kids throw a temper tantrum and they are not always easy to deal with but in mil'sville georgia. a 6-year-old throws a tump. the cops drag her down to the police station. unbelievable. i might even throw a temper tantrum over that one. first, we will get to the latest current tv update early this morning out in los angeles and jacki schechner. >> good morning, bill. no tantrums here mitt romney is going to be out fundraising in north carolina and even though rick santorum dropped out of the race more than a week ago, his fundraising seems to still be circulating. the des moines register reported they received a letter from >> lauren sanders: 's campaign it frightens me to think what will happen if mitt romney is the nominee. >> lauren sanders: san -- santorum said it was paid for
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before he suspended his cal pain but rick santorum has not yet endorsed mitt romney for president. someone who has is ted nudge event. now, the secret service is investigating him. some comments he made over the weekend at the nra convention saying that barak obama becomes president glenelle quote either be dead or in jail by this time next year. mitt romney has refused to comment on ted new 's statement denouncing devicing language in general via his campaign spokesperson. president obama will spend the day on the road in ohio and michigan. in ohio he will speak to community college students about job training and how to get people who are unemployed the skills they need to get in the high-tech work force and then at the henry ford museum and a private fundraiser at bingham farms. vice president biden will highlight today the need to reall the rise the violence against women act and speak to
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no bs, the real thing, cutting through the clutter. my show is the most important show in the world. ♪ >> broadcasting across the nation on your radio, and on current tv this is the bill press show. >> so, now the secret service agents have given their defense: they say they didn't know they were prostitutes. oh, man. i can't wait to hear that one in front of the judge. the judge will roll on the ground laughing. good morning, everybody. what do you say? great to see you today. it is wednesday, april 18th, and
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this is the full-court press. we are coming to you live coast to coast, all the way across this great land of ours. every little hamlet and town and big city of america from our radio studio here and t.v. studio and book factory on capitol hill in washington, d.c. great to see you today and great to see you on current tv as well as your local progressive radio talk station. we have got a lot to talk about today. i am bill press, by the way, liberal and proud of it. good to have you with us. a here in the nation's capitol, mitt romney got the big endorsement of john boehner and mitch mcconnell. woo-hoo. you would never know they would endorse the republican nominee. right? and then president obama yesterday appearing with tony stewart, the big nascar champ at the whitehouse. i was down there. we will tell you all about that. lots going on. lots of stuff you want to get into and yes, the temper
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tantrum, a 6-year-old girl through a temper tantrum in school until millysville and the principal and teacher couldn't hands handle it t the cops through handcuffs on her, threw her in the back of the police car and took her down to the police station, which they say was necessary to protect her and to protect the people of millageville. good lord. see what i mean? lots to talk about. you want to weigh in at 866-55-press. 866-55, 77-these 77. >> let me say this. i have a seven-year-old and i have a four-year-old at home. and i am just saying. >> already seven? >> just turned seven. let me just say this. >> yes. >> i just want to hear the cop's side of the story first. because i don't want to necessarily say that they definitely did something wrong. i am just saying i would like to hear their side of the story. >> i have thrown my share of
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snit fits, shall we say. right? and i dealt with my share of them with our two sons who are perfect citizenship. sometimes they happen, but calling the cops. >> i will say this. i have looked for handcuffs before. i have never actually handcuffed my children but i have looked to see if i had handcuffs. >> you were sorry you did. >> exactly. exactly. >> it was a big day yesterday here in washington d.c. i bet you -- i have only seen two newspapers this morning. and i don't know how many websites and every one of them has the picture of the space shuttle flying over the national mall yesterday. dan was down there. >> i was there. it was a pretty awesome sight to see. >> everybody i talked to yesterday, this place emptied out. washington emptied out. i called the capitol, one of the congressional offices down there and this guy answered the phone call. i asked for the chief of staff. he said, i am the only one in
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the. everybody is out on the mall. >> it would have been a great time to rob a bank yesterday. everybody was looking at the sky. >> it was spectacular. i have it up on the website. >> yeah. flying right part the washington monument. >> it did three or four laps, south of the mall and circled out by rfk stadium and fed ex field and north of the white house and did that. >> over my house and i missed it. >> 100 feet up. it was pretty impressive how close it was. it was pretty neat. >> so the -- and, you know, the idea that the big plane like that flying over the capitol where know planes are shroud to fly are pretty impressive and the sad part of it is though that people -- it was the shuttle going home. the shuttle going to the retirement home, you know. and i must give newt gingrich credit for this yesterday. of course, he tries to make it a
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slam for obama but we have talked about this. we don't know what's going to replace the shuttle. nasa didn't say, okay closing down the shuttle and next is this. i mean in terms of to use the phrase "manned space floyd" i. >> here is newt. >> as an example of what's wrong with washington bureaucracy, in the last 10 years, nasa has spent $181,000,000,000 without successfully developing a replacement for the space shuttle. >> i think the 181 billion is well spent. why don't we now try to go to mars or -- i don't know. you name it. but manned space flight beyond the moon or back to the moon. >> uh-huh. >> for those of you that have seen the pictures of the space shuttle on top of the airplane. with the romney administration it could have been a dog, a
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little crate on top with a dog inside. >> the dog would have loved it. >> that's right. >> ask ann. the dog loved it t he told me so. neil king from the wall street journal is going to be here as a friend of bill in the next hour. congressman ted deutsche will be joining us as well and we'll be taking to the leslie bennett from the daily beast about the romney war on women. but first: >> this is the full court press. >> on this wednesday, other headlines making news, an embarrassing and shattering situation at the university of alabama. >> i don't want to talk about this. i can't hear this story. this is crush. >> a parent of a player of the championship college football team caught his foot on a rug in the school's athletic facility and the water ford crystal trophy that the crimson tide fell. worth about $30,000. no word if it was insured or not and the school is going to have to pay to replace it. >> oh, my god. who is the parent?
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>> let me say something by the way. i talked to my dad yesterday who lives in alabama, a life-long alabama football fan. he said it's the front page of the newspaper and it led all of the news yesterday, how they shattered this trophy. >> oh, my god. >> bill, you were there. it was all about smoke at the whitehouse yesterday. president obama continuing his tradition of welcoming sports champions to the white house. yesterday, it was nascar series champ. tony stewart, flanked by the top 12 drivers and two number 14 chevy impalas. the president took time to thank nascar drivers for outreach to the facility families and they are up at billpress.com. >> nice work there press. doing good work. >> another name popped up for the white house correspond events, the hill reporting stevie wonder will be there as a guest of american urban network.
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he was last there three years ago. >> do you remember george w. bush, the first year? >> stevie. >> stevie was performing at the national theater and george bush, went, you know, he waffes to the crowdves to the crowd. >> stevie, i am over here over here, stevie. >> all right. hey, thank you dan. yes, indeed. well, i have got to start with what i think is one more example, you know, an example of toxic talk but it's also an example of what a februariless candidate candidate. maybe you have heard about did -- nugent is -- i will give you my opinion. i am no a big fan of his music. i think he is just -- i think he is a second-rate hack guitarist
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who who. his specialty is the weird stuff on stage. he used to show up with a lion cloth and shoot flaming bows bows and arrows, does the star spang he willed banner with a comanche headdress on. you tell me this is music ♪ i'm sorry. if he weren't such a showboat nobody would pay any attention to him. >> he is wearing the comanche headdress playing the guitar. just silly. >> somehow, somehow, he has gotten involved and become a political first figure. he endorsed mike huckabee and this year, he started out endorsing rick perry, because rick perry is good on guns man. he wants every body to have an ak-47. you get one when you are born before you leave the hospital.
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then perry drops out. so what's nugent going to do? well, this is important to know. mitt romney went out and sought -- begged for ted nugent's endorsement. so he has -- nugent has this conversation with romney at a gun shop somewhere, and he talks on the phone and he tells him he makes romney promise -- okay? he was in a sporting goods store in michigan gets romney on the phone and he demands that romney pledge there would be no new gun laws or restrictions on second amendment rights in his administration. romney said, i give you my word, and so ted nugent endorses romney, and then having endorsed romney, so he goes front offed nra in st. louis after romney spoke last week and he came out with some of the most obnoxious, haste of despicable language i
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think we have ever heard in american politics in front of the nra. so here is how nudge event starts telling these people they've got to get out there and work their butsts offer to get rid of this vial obama. >> i tell thou right now: if barack obama becomes the president in november again, i will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. at the nra event -- god bless you -- good indicator. but if you can't get home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vial this vile evil american administration, i don't know what you are made out of. >> what is he trying to say actually when you think about it? he would either be dead or in jail? what does that mean? what's he threatening to do. >> it sounds like a threat. >> itstounds like a threat. by the way, the secret service took it as a threat. they are investigating these
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charges. so then, nugent says here is what we have got to do with these guys. >> if you take that adamant, we-the-people defiance. we are americans because we defied the king. we didn't negotiate. we defied. we are patriots. we are braveheart. we need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in november. >> yeah, nice language. chop their heads off in november. and nugent said -- told the nra, if you don't know that our government is wiping its ass with the constitution you are living under a rock placesomeplace. and then the language that got him in particular trouble and stirred the most controversy perhaps where he says or compares president obama and his administration to kotes and here kye outees and it's the cayotes living in your living room.
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it's not the caotes' fault. it's your fault for not shooting him. he says this publically in front of the nra. clearly, i think provocative, threatening labor. what does mitt romney do? we know mitt romney didn't dare criticize rush limbaugh when she called sandra influence. he said those are not the words i am going to use. hum. yeah. really? so what does he say about ted nugent? this is the statement that romney puts out yesterday. debbie waserman schultz had demanded that mitt romney condemn ted nugent's comments and demand an apology. this is as far as romney would go, quote: divisive language is
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offensive, no matter what side of the political i'll it comes fromaisle it comes from from. >> what a weenie pansy jelly-belllied week-kneed guy. i don't think he should have done it but president obama didn't hesitate to throw hillary rosen under the bus and neither did the first lady. neither did the vice president. neither did debbie waserman schultz when they didn't agree with what one of their supporters who doesn't work for them but one of their supporters, hillary rosen had said and the best mitt romney says, divisive language is not acceptable. it didn't come from both sides. it came from his supporter, his endorser in front of the nra. the fact that mitt romney would not condemn that language tells you all you need to know about mitt romney. he doesn't have any backbone. he doesn't stand for anything. he is a weenie 866-55-press.
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whatever happened to ted nugent? i think the secret service ought to drag his ass in and say, explain to us what you mean by "you would be dead or in jail if president obama is reelected ". why do we tolerate this kind of stuff? and why doesn't mitt romney say something? 866-he was worse on his dog than he is on ted nudge event 866-55-press. >> the bill press show now on current tv. hungry for it. building up to this. >>bill shares his views, now it's your turn. >>i know you're going to want to weigh in on these issues. >>connect with "full court press with bill press" at facebook.com/billpressshow
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>> this is the full court press, live on your radio and on current tv. >> today wednesday 18, will any ted muj ent be allowed. cat scratch fever. >> that's his best song and i don't like that one. anyhow, i certainly don't like his politics. i don't like his mouth and don't like the fact that mitt romney is afraid to condemn him for what he said about we ought to go out and shoot. >> that's just threats to the president of the united states, that kind of language. charlie coming from boynton beach, florida. harley, good morning to you, sir. >> good morning, sir. how are you today? >> i am good. thanks. what's up? >> i thought i would sit in on your buddy, ed schultz' show how does the secret service -- not
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only thud she pay that son of a bitch a visit. i don't care who you are. mitt romney has no guts, no spine. if he has to seek the endorsement of that crazy person, obviously, he has sunk to a new low. >> he has. you know what? i think the secret service has an obligation here. i think to show that even in politics, you can only go so far. you can't -- you know, we like political dialogue and political differences and we are willing to tolerate a lot but when it comes to threatening and talking about shooting and killing and chopping heads off. come on. you can draw the line. should. so should mitt romney. louis down in fort lauderdale, florida. >> what's going on, bill? good morning to you. thank you for taking my call. >> again, glad you are there. >> this is insanity. pure insanity. you have guys like sean hannity who are so appalled over
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comments that were made during the trayvon martin rallies. >> right. >> he hasn't said nothing about this clown. >> good point. by the way all of the family of trayvon martin were asking that was there be an arrest and a trial. right? for killing their son. >> exactly. >> and then have we forgotten what happened to gabby giffords in airs from putting cross hairs on a map? this guy is trying to incite violence and as far as mitt romney he is a spineless coward. >> spineless coward. >> that's a good way of putting it. we will take more calls on this 866-55-press. i think it's a window into mitt romney's soul. he doesn't have one. i think it shows exactly who he is. doesn't believe in anything and certainly doesn't stand for anything and has no -- if he could not condemn that language what a coward he would be were
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know that's really what they are hoping for. here is christie. he talks about so much because et cetera mitt romney to know, yeah, i would be willing to talk to you so let's talk. we have been talking about ted nugent. let's take a little time out for an issue we have covered lots over the last week. >> that's mitt romney's claim that the real war on women is not being conducted by republicans in congress or on the campaign trail; it's being conducted by the obama administration. lesslic bennett, a special correspondent for newsweek daily news joining us on our news line this morning. hey, leslie. good morning. >> newsweek daily beast. >> what did i say? daily news? i'm sorry. i am that. >> it's early in the morning. >> it is early in the morning. and here i sit at the whitehouse briefing alongside daniel stone one of your colleagues. >> yeah. >> who was in the studio, too.
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so you have written that romney claims -- romney claims women suffered almost all of the job losses since obama took. leslie beenets herennetts here. and why this is insidious and why it reveals the candidate's startling stupidity. >> i think actually as an opened newspaper reporter i spent many years at the "new york times," the writer writes the article and someone else writes the headlines. >> absolutely. understood. >> so it isn't a lie but it's dishonest and staggeringly dumb to say that because the fact is that when the recession started, there were massive job losses for men. they lost the first wave of jobs. a lot of them in construction and manufacturing. there were more than 5 million
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jobs lost by men under president bush in the beginning of, you know, the beginning of the economic con after the trophy onward and less than half of that number lost by women, a little more than 2 million. mitt romney's claim that 92% of the job losses under obama have been by women is for structural reasons. he also started counting the day that obama assumed the presidency which is also a little bit stupid because there was a catastrophe going on. it's like a a tsunami, like him saying you are standing on the beach as of january 20th filth why didn't you stop the tsunami. it kept coming on. the reason women took the hit more as time we want on was after all of the terrible job losses which led to the
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recession being called "the man-session" state and local governments began to be hit by huge budget cutbacks and many of those jobs that were lost as a result like teaching jobs were disprop positionatley held by women. it is also the case that republicans were disproportionately responsible to the decisions that led to those cutbacks and those job losses. so here is mitt romney a harvard mba. we all know you can twist statistics to show various things that are misleading. this is a prime example of that. the latest cnn poll that came out yesterday really shows if you want to talk about a war on women, his issue on women's issues is so staggering at this point. in response to the question:
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who is in touch with women's issues? obama has a 28-point lead. >> wait? >> in response to the question: who is in touch with women's issues? obama got 55% and mitt romney got 27%. and what i really have to say about this is that women have voted against their own interests, against their own economic interests a lot over the years. women used to vote the way their husbands did. and, you know, women who vote republican are very often voting against their interests. but this year the things that the republicans have done in receipt recent months and the things that the republican party stands for, you could not have designed a better strategy to upset and anger the women of america than what has been going on out in this country.
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whether the issue is pay equity. yesterday was, you know, pay he can canquity day. >> yeah. >> april 17th is the day to which women have to work in every new year to catch up with men because women are still earning $0.77 on the dollar. you know, romney still has not been willing to say whether he would assign the lilly ledbetter pay act which is one of the first things that obama did when he came into. and scott walker in wisconsin has just, you know, come out against that. he has signed a law repealing repealing the wisconsin equal pay law. it's well for romney to get out there and say, my wife tells me nigh mon-working by -- non-working wife tells me. >> you are going to get thrown under the bus like hilary rosen. >> i am a mom but any mother who
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has raised children but whose husband is not worth $250 million, any mom whether she works outside the home for pay or not changes a lot of beds, mops a lot of floors, buys a lot of groceries, prepares a lot of meals and washes a lot of dishes. that women in that socioeconomic stratum do not. i mean, you know, i think that if mitt romney is depending upon his wife to tell him what a waitress, you know, in a diner in nevada who is a single mother trying to, you know keep a roof over her kids' heads and food on the table is thinking and needing, he should probably go out there and talk to the waitres, talk to the single mothers of america. but whether it's, you know, pay equity issues or what the republicans have done on contraception, you know, trying to mandate trans vaginal probes for women who have decided that want or need an abortion, i mean, you go across any -- the
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entire range of issues that women care about and the republicans have been hostile to they will. >> all the way. >> they are trying to figure out now how to manage the appearances. but, you know, i think women are focusing on the reality. >> the latest is -- we talked about this yesterday, the republican efforts to block reauthorization of the violence against women act. >> exactly. >> these republicans all eight republicans on the senate judiciary committee voted against it. now, because it would extend protection. right? to gay lesbian and trans gender women action native american women and some people who might be here illegally. >> american women tund the bus, you know, and look at the perception that creates. basically, they are saying okay. it's okay to go back to the days when women were regarded as men's property and men can tell them what to do and men can beat them up. >> right. >> you know, and really, we
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don't care. over and over again, they create the impression in the minds of electorate which, you know, as we all know, the larger half of the human population is female and women vote in disproportionately large numbers. they vote -- >> yeah. >> more than men do. >> i know. yeah. really romney has got much more than a strategic problem here. he has a problem of substance because everything that the republican party is doing really does seem to be hostile to women. >> absolutely. >> when he comes out there with this sort of path etic, the democrats are waging the real war on women because most of the jobs lost, you know in the second half of the recession finally, hit women, you know, it just seems like pathetically duplicitous and desperate. i think that women, judging by the -- last night's program on cnn, women aren't stupid. they are getting it that's up to you and me and others to tell the truth.
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hey, lesslic, great to have you on the program this morning. thank you so much. come in studio some day so we can get more into these issues. okay. >> i would love to. thank you so. >> special correspondent for newsweek daily newsweek, daily beast and a lot more. if you want to weigh in on ted nugent. >> ted nugent saying outrageous dangerous, i think, really prove okayative stuff, should never be -- never be tolerated but mitt romney, he doesn't seem to have a big problem with it. 866-55-press. your calls coming up. >> this is the bill press show. ♪ and there's only one place you'll find us.
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>> the latest from the world of politics, this is the bill press show. >> all right. 13 minutes before the top of the hour, congressman ted deutsche joining us in studio in the next hour. we are taking your calls about crazy ted nugent, the vial things he saidle things he said about president obama. the refusal of mitt romney to condemn them. first, just a word, i don't know whether you noticed the word about the need to protect your identity. i don't know whether you know this but last night the abc news and the nbc news both led with stories about identity theft because with people who are filing their taxes electronically. and i have been warning you and telling you, the irs warning us what can happen. you file your taxes electronically. people get your name your social security number, your identity.
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they can file a fake return, and this is what has been happening, and demand a re-funneled they get the refund by the time you get in there and ask for your refund, it's gone, the irs tells you. all kinds of problems with the identity theft that the irs was again reporting yesterday of that's why i moved ahead of time to get the protection from life lock ultimate. edge encourage you to do the same. lifelock can't protect you if you are not a mer. my advice is call now and mention press 60 for 60 days of identity theft protection. if you are not happy, call and get a refund. see lifelock for details and call 1-800-356-5967. that number again for lifelock ultimate protection, 1-800-356-5967. ted nugent comparing president obama and the administration to
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kote coyotes mark calling from chicago. >> good morning, bill. i would like to say one thing. i just think that ted nugent is just a has-been. and actually, a has-been had to have been good in the first place. >> that's a big question. >> look, i was a dj back in the '70s '70s. for him to be bragging on anything, he should just be quiet, go out and hunt. as far as i am concerned, he is a canadian that couldn't play hockey. you know what i am saying? he wasn't a good guitar player either. come on. anybody can make noise, bill. >> you know, to me, that's what his music, so-called music sounds like. hey, mark, good to hear from you. absolutely. but again to me, part of the story is no backbone of mitt romney. i mean, remember with rush the most he could bring himself to say was: well those are not
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the words i would have used. what words would you have used to describe sand are a fluke, mitt romney? and now with ted nugent he says, well i think that die vice divisive language is wrong no matter which side of the aisle it comes from. >> mike from atlanta, georgia. >> i am not really surprised at what nugent said because nugent has been crazy and him and bachmann belong together. after watching -- i am not really surprised with mitt romney either because the only thing i think mitt romney has ever stoop stoop up for is to put his dog on his truck. >> that took guts. he won't say that was wrong. ann romney was out there telling diane sawyer shamus loved it. he got that clip, peter with ann romney. yeah, telling how much and so diane saw year asked both mit
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and ann romney would they do this again? >> certainly not with the attention it's received. >> you said it was the most meaning thing. >> the dog loved it. >> the dog got sick. >> once. we travel all the time and he ate the turkey on the counter. he had the runs. >> thank you for that, ann. yeah. thank you for that. we know that shamus loved it because shamus told ann and she told us. ted nugent harriet's calling from jacksonville, florida. hi, harriet. >> hi, bill. good morning. >> good morning. >> hey, listen. i am an african-american woman. >> uh-huh. >> i am very glad that ted nugent said what he said and i am very glad that mitt romney responded in his usual wussie way. >> why? >> because this shows every decent american of every ethnicity just what a bigot romney really is. >> i mean if you can't stand up to that kind of language right -- >> he is a bigot.
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>> what do you stand for. >> i have known it. he can't stand up for anything. as you said, putting the dog on the roof of his car. he stands up for that. but that's the only thing he stands up for. >> yeah. well, right. it exposed -- we already knew ted nugent, i think t as mark is said was backstrap crazy but maybe americans, harriet, you have got something. maybe americans didn't realize what a wuss -- to use your word what a wuss mitt romney was. they sure know now. ♪ >> we have to. >> ted nugent music? you are right. this is it. >> i don't have a choice. >> ted nugent goes or you go. >> okay, fine. ♪ >> on your radio, and on current tv, this is the bill press show.
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good idea -- like cell phones of delivery of wine fishing licenses notarizing documents and cashing paychecks. bring more people into the post office. good identify, bernie. >> what about the secret service scandal? tons of comments stephen scott wells says what's scandalous about it? it doesn't matter to anybody but the bible thumpers. glenda neil says it's an embarrassment but remarkably stupid. william j. green with the president's schedule and their hotel rooms and the fact this went down over $47 is a huge embarrassment for president obama and his entire regime. betty ann frederick says it's a disgrace to the secret service but men will be pigs whenever the occasion arises. men are so stupid. >> and horn. >> i resemble that remark.
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president obama and members of his administration to coyotes and says our job is to shoot them. what i want to know is: isn't that a direct attack and threat on the president of the united states? what is the secret service doing about it? and why won't that weanix mitt romney condemn ted nugent's remarks. we have a lot to do. first, let's take time to get the current tv news update from jacki schechner out in los angeles. good morning jacki. >> good morning, bill. good morning, everybody. alec has announced it's going to drop it's public safety task force to focus more on economic issues. they have been losing membership in the wake of the trayvon martin shooting because it's an organization that helps craft and push laws like stand-your-ground which now exists in florida and 24 other states. pep cymric -- coke pepsy,
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mcdonald's has dropped out and pushing ivoter id laws is under scrutiny. some are pleased with announcement. but color of change says they are skeptical, calling the move nothing more than a pr stunt. the "new york times" is reporting that cityi-group's shareholders have voted against the $15 million pay package for its ceo, making the very first time a big bank has shot down big compensation. fifty-five of shareholders. this happened on the same day that the occupy movement in 99 springs, la, new york and others. it is not binding but dick parsons, the retiring chairman says his board will seriously consider it. dan bonjeno a maryland republican senate candidate has been all over the news talking
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about the secret service scandal, failing to mention, however, that his brother was an agent down in colombia. he says his brother was not involved in the prostitution part but he has been part of the investigation. we will be right back after this break. indulgence... one square inch of bliss. hershey's bliss.
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6-55-press. good to have you with us this beautiful wednesday morning here in our nation's capitol and coming to you live on your local progressive talk radio station. god bless them and current tv your new morning show on current tv. we have the whole team here this morning. peter okay burn, dan henning, team press and cyprian boulding. look who is in studio? good friend national political reporter for the wall street journal, neil king. >> good morning. >> a neighbor. i hope it wasn't too long a walk. >> wasn't long enough to get me going but you are going to do that. >> wow. >> it was the other way around you are supposed to get me going. >> anyhow, i have to ask you: did you go down to the mall yesterday to see the shuttle fly over? >> no. i was disappointed because i am sitting at work duty fully and seeing these photos come roaring over twitter and it seemed like
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everybody was out on the mall. >> you are the only person i met so far that i know in washington who was not there. >> how did i not get the memo? >> and i went up to the balcony here on capitol hill when i thought it was just about time and missed it. it influence like right over your house and mine. >> right. >> i was actually out stealing the hope diamond from the smithsonian because nobody was around to stop me. >> i was on the capitol, on the south side and the whole patio there, packed with staffers. clearly no one, those members of congress there, too, and cells started to ring and they started to slowly walk away. >> maybe we have some work to do. >> weird. >> it may be more people watched the final landing of the shuttle that john watched recent take take-offs which is kind of sad. >> i think you are right. the other big event of the day yesterday was down at the whitehouse yesterday afternoon when the president welcomed tony stewart and all of the nascar
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drivers. i was there. if you look on our website, you will see a photo that is not bad, i might say. i must say here of the south portico of the white house. there is president obama. if you can see, the photo is up. this right here cyprian, that's tony stewart standing right outside in front with the president and all of the other drivers in the background. there was a black car to the left and the red car. they were both his it cars. >> number 14 car. >>nu 14 car. >> did they start the engines? did obama get in? >> he wanted to drive. i know. >> gentlemen, start your engines. >> no, they did not. but the president saluted tony stewart from coming from behind and winning this thing. >> this was tony's year. he gave us one of the most dramatic finishes after barely making the chase, tony took off winning an amazing four races in post-season and came the final
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race in miami, a must-win. tony went all out, twice he came from back of the pack passing 118 cars, sometimes three wide. tony said it felt like he passed half the state of florida. but in the end, he hung on to take the checkered flag and win the championship with a tie-breaker. >> i was hoping obama would hop in the car and drive it around you know. >> do a few donuts on the lawn. >> i am surprised he didn't get bubba watson to come on. >> it was a fun event down there yesterday. so neil king is with us as a friend of bill this whole hour and ted deutsche, congressman from the state of florida is going to be joining us about halfway through. neil, we will get into lots of stuff. but first: >> this is the full court press. >> on this wednesday, other headlines making news, how do the words mayor kim kardashian sound to you?
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scary. >> like the book of revelations franklies. >> the latest episode of the reality show on etv, kim car dashian said she wants to run for mayor of glendale, california in about five years. she says she knows she will have to move to the la suburb to establish residency and thinks her heritage will help her candidacy. armenians make up a big portion of that population. >> alec baldwin is going to run for the mayor of new york. right? >> and hockey fans -- >> an actor could never get elected to anything. >> hockey fans use politics as a taunting tool at an nhl play-off game in washington. on monday night, the washington capitols were playing the boston bruins. capitol fans showed a photo with signs mocking the tea party. thomas supports that player who refused to appear at the whitehouse with his team early this year because of his political beliefs.
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the effort was court withnated by a russian machine made some headlines over it. >> russian machine? >> name of the blog. >> the blogs that are out there are just unbelievable. one i don't follow every day. maybe i should. >> the nfl revealed it's 2012 season schedule yelled and includes more weeknight games. the league is expanding thursday night game rosters with a game that evening every week for the first 15 weeks of the season. >> what we needed another reason to ruin my friday morning. >> the season opens wednesday, september 5th with the super bowl champion new york giants hosting the dallas cowboys for the third consecutive year, the last week of the season, we will see divisional match-ups in an effort to maximize playoffs. >> you get everything on the show, even sports. >> i could see your eyes lighting up over that one. >> not on my list of things to talk about.
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let's talk about something sectionier. what aboutexier. what about. >> lety sex. >> the stupidity. does this kind of go away now? >> i don't know. there is education that this has been going on for a while which wouldn't be a surprise. i have heard things about other capitol cities around the world. the gsa thing isn't at all similar but you get this feeling of the bloat where we had what? how many people? now we know that there are at least 20 people, probably were 40 or 50 doing advance work for what was what? a 2-day trip to colombia. you have to wonder if they had all of that time on their hands, how many people there were and whether there were way too many. >> good point. the other thing is abc news reported last night t peter thomas that they have spoken for you and their defense was they didn't know they were prostitutes. >> well, i see. >> tell it to the judge. right?
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>> yeah she was pretty and very available. >> the stupidity of it. it does side to the gsa thing. here again, what were they thinking? you know $800,000 for this weekend retreat? >> true. what were they thinking because at least the colombia thing, you presume you are going to get away with it t it's far away. who is paying attention. >> they would have gotten away if one guy hadn't tried to -- i started to use the word stiff. >> not the right word bill. >> if he had not refused to pay full price 47 bucks or 150. whatever it was, probably would never have heard of it t but the vegas thing. >> it's unbelievable. both of them are unfolding in the worst positionable way. that is it's just like a news story a day that just makes it seem that much bigger or actually reveal that it's almost that much bigger. >> with the secret service, there is also this aspect of national security. i mean i hesitate to think our
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national -- i find it hard to believe that our national security was threatened but these guys did have the president's schedule in their room. >> right. >> so if it were somebody who was trying to get information be -- and it's been done before through spies. right? this would have been the way to do it. >> it's also just sort of an honor thing. you have been around secret service guys. they are the stiffest -- there is the word -- people around. like buckingham palace with a guard. they don't look at you. the little earpiece in and they are all correctrectitude. >> they are real professionals. i have admired them for dedication and gotten to know some on the presidentialdale and the guys who it guard the gate uniformed secret service people that's unfortunate because these 21 guys very long put a lot of disgrace on the entire service but the more important issue, i want to ask you about this,
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neil. this is the "new york times" this morning, and i remember the abc news led with the fact that the dow dropped 200 points. oh, my god here it is are we in a double recession again? number one story, yesterday, the dow went up 194 points. on page b-less than. >> yeah. >> of "the new york times". why? >> you know, i think at the moment, there is a narrative that you can fit a falling stockmarket into jitters over where the economy is going, europe is in float after all. so when it falls, it fits something while the uptick in the economy just seems strange. it's hard to make clear sense of. yesterday evening, romney was on kudlow and he was asking various things about, you know the economy and he asked about the stockmarket and said basically
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shouldn't obama be getting some credit for the uptick in the stockmarket? and his whole thing was, i wants just corporate profit driving that. all of this is happening despite whatever is happening on the political side. no credit due there. and it is, it's, you know, just to look at it a different way, it's a dis. j.unctur, kind of the two americas where the stockmarket is roaring. there are a lot of segments that aren't benefitting. >> i didn't see the kudlow interview. i haven't seen how "the wall street journal," with all due respect, played it this morning either. but it is true normally that the falls get a lot more attention than the market going up. but so it sums up here all three -- the markets, of course, only one indicator. right? but all three we know that of the main stock market market indexes are sharply higher for 2012. the do you's market, s & p, 10.6%, the nasdaq by 16.8%.
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doesn't that undercut mitt romney's constant refrain that the economy is takenking and we need him to fix it? >> it does. there are a lot of things that are undercutting it at the moment and there is kind of a battle of the narratives going on now that we have kind of entered the general election phase over who can portray what we are dealing with now to the best -- their best advantage and who can portray what we have gone through over the last three and a half years to their best advantage. romney, if this continues and if we see a continued increase in employment numbers and such things, it's going to go having a fleamsier platform because this is the whole of his platform really is the state of the economy and what becomes his argument, obama, all of these things would have been stronger if it had not been for obama's policies. and the more you have to get into that territory, the weaker your argument. >> so that's what i am wondering is and you have been on the road with him and other candidates is
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is. this is his entire campaign. i am a businessman i understand the economy. obama is an academic. he doesn't. you need me. if the economy isability improve, is he able to pivot into a broader message? and what is that memings?ssage? >> the two cam pages, one to protect, obama's, to protect the middle cruelly and of course there is the whole sort of fairness issue and i am going to protect the country from what he portrays as the evil or the excesses of the romney administration and for romney, it's restore. he is going to restore what the country used to be in his eyes and bring back the sort of economic liberty. so if he has a second act, it's very much in that area which he has there were had plenty in the last few months that obama is depriving us of freedom, undermining our free market system and so on.
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>> in terms of tax fairness the president says income inequality is the defining issue of our time. that may be a little hyperbole. it's an important issue. a lot of americans are feeling it. >> yeah. >> when they see that like lloyd blankfein got $12 million last year les moondez got $70 million last year. working grunts have not seen any increase. so that is a big issue. in light of that republicans this week rallied except for susan collins, to block any vote on the buffett rule. now again, this is an election year. was that a smart thing politically? >> i don't know. the buffett rule, you know, polls came out this week that showed huge support. >> seventy-two %. >> which is, you know, apple pie might get a little bit better than that but it's hard to find things 72% of people support. there is a recognition that the
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buffett rule may go to the fairness thing in that there are a lot of people that like it and it's not our salvation or anything like that. >> in and of itself, it's not going to get rid of the deficit or the debt. but what is? nothing is. i guess my point of view is if you have 72% of the people for it, who are the republicans representing by blocking the vote toon it? >> more than anything they wanted to prevent a full debate and figuring it was a better thing for them to do to eliminate the airing of the whole of it than letting that go forward. and suffering whatever, you know, minimal damage they would have. >> we are covering the political land scape here with neil king from "the wall street journal." your calls we always save a seat for you at the table as we remind you and you can join take that seat by giving us a call at 8 sys 6-55-press and i was going to ask you about alec
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blinds.com for blinds, shades and drapes. most of us hadn't heard about alec until the trayvon martin case and stand-your-ground. they got a lot of flack. they gave that model law to florida. yesterday, they announced, we are getting out of the -- that kind of business. we are going to stick to economic issues. >> getting out of it as a lot of their supporters are getting out of being behind them. the driving force. >> they lost a lot of their corporate sponsors started dropping out. i think they realized but they were behind the i ammmigration laws in many states the voter suppression laws, the stand-your-ground laws, so-called, or kill at willlaws in 24 states. they were started by the koch brothers to deal with oil and gas industry stuff. they are retreating into their rabbit hole a little bit. we are going to be joined by congressman ted deutsche from florida
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♪ >> it's 33 minutes after the hour. the full court press coming to you live from our radio factory and t.v. factory on capitol hill. we have members of congress stopping by all the time because that's where we are. not really but we are always delighted and honored to welcome a member of congress into the
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studio, particularly this monk congressman ted deutsche from the state of florida. >> broward county. >> broward and palm beach county. >> good place, good place to represent our friend of bill this hour neil king from the wall street journal. we had moved you down the couch here . your better side. congressman, you have had a big event with with senator bernie sanders at the capitol. tell us about it. >> today we have a summit on overturning citizens united. it's going to be a great event. we have senator sanders and some of his colleagues, citizen activists around the country local legislatives around the country, tall coming together to really move forward on this
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movement to overturn citizens united and get corporate money out of politics. >> i think i know the answer. so all of our listeners and viewers understand why isn't important to overturn citizens united? >> anyone who has been watching the elections this season sees the role of super p.a.c.s is starting to dominate the process. the spending thus far is close to 250% greater from these outside groups than it was in the last election. >> that's only going to increase. there is this real frustration among the american people that the electoral prossays one dominated by special interests and they are starting to lose their voice. we are trying to return the democracy back to the people. >> i saw that the romney campaign said they want to raise 800 million by september which will round it off? a billion dollar campaign and obama is going to have as much? right?
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this is going to be the most expensive campaign. everyone is, it seems. >> i don't think that figure includes everything because the super p.a.c.s are bigger than the traditional campaign fund. >> the super p.a.c.s are going to eclipse the camera pains? >> they have and there is no accountability on them. there are a whole host of season why it's damaging to our democracy. but the one thing people know for sure is when they watch television and they see in florida especially during the republican primary, ad after ad of these really just malicious attacks, then they see the candidates step back and say, i had nothing to do with this. these are just some outside groups that have their own interest in the campaign when we know that they are funded by corporations and there are no limits at all as a result of citizens united. that's why we have to overturn it. >> you know, last night, peter hart, our polster well-known polster did a focus group in
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tampa among entirely republicans and they are a conservative bunch. it's a fascinating normal folks from ampround the tampa area. and said what's eating at you? a large number of people just viscerally said, the money coming in, distorting the process and when they got back around to it t peter actually talked directly about citizens united. basically, to a person, these people, being conservatives even wanted to get rid of citizens united which i found fascinating. do you see support coming from the right? >> sure. in all of the conversations that i have back home when we have town hall meetings there is no issue that gets people's heads nodding like amending the constitution to overturn citizens united so people feel they have a voice again. it's republicans. it's independent, tea party members. everybody thinks it's important. up here is a different story, at least at this point, and one of the things, one of the reasons that today is so important is because we are now seeing this
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declaration for democracy so every candidate at every level across country will be asked to sign a pledge to support efforts to overturn citizens united and get money out of politics so we can start to hold people accountable. >> this is the anti-grover norquist pledge? >> it's not a pledge. it's a declaration. listen, the grover norquist pledge is a pledge to special interests. this is a declaration that you believe that government should be about the people and not the special interests. it's very different and i think the contrast is clear. >> in terms of the importance of it, and we talked about this almost on every issue that we are dealing with. right? the root, you get right back to campaign finance reform. you know, so often the money determines whether you are able to accomplish something legislatively ornot. that has been come bufenolideed and compounded by citizens
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united and the super p.a.c.s and everything. is the answer amending the constitution? that to me is the flaw. >> it's not -- or the rub, i should say. >> obviously, it's not easy, but it's the only -- it's the only option that we have. we can wait for the supreme court to have another opportunity and it may be find some reason to revisit citizens united but it's unfortunately, it's more likely that they go the other direction. there is a challenge now to the 'til 'til tillman act which has been on the books since ted d.c. roosevelt pleaded with congress to pass a law to prevent the corporations from giving directing to candidates. >> that's now being challenged. so if we don't act now we are going to go in completely the 07 sit direction. amending the constitution is enormously difficult two-thirds of the house and senate, three-quarters of the states to ratify, but this is what we have been given. it's what the framers came up with at times in our history where action has to be taken to
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preserve the nature of our country. this is one of those moments. >> that's why we are engaged in this. >> so we are not talking about a constitutional amendment to the convention. you are talking about an amendment? >> sure. >> the amendment process? >> right. there are, at our meeting today, at the summit, i will be joined by a number of my colleagues who have introduced their versions of constitutional amendments. i have mine. the occupy amendment.org explains what ours does. the members of the senate who will be there have different versions of the constitutional amendments. we are all coming together because rather than fight over specific language, we all believe it's imperative that we move forward to create this national movement to ask people to sign these declaration and also going to be announcing resolutions week throughout the country at every level of government, there are activists who are asking the city councils and school boards and county commissions to pass their own
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resolutions in support of amending the constitution. these are the building blocks to what is really becoming a movement. >> when can you imagine having a gathering like this where there would be some republicans there? >> my hope is that it doesn't take that long. i think that after this next election -- hopefully before but we saw this massive increase in spending in the 2010 election, and we saw the impact that that had around the country. i think that there are a lot of people after this next election who don't at this point don't even see what's coming, and when they do, it's going to be ugly and there is going to be an awful lot of additional support that we are going to see going forward. >> you know, it's interesting that like dick lugar now. long-term, long-time senator from indiana got a challenger a tea party challenger in his primary and there are super p.a.c.s that are supporting the tea party candidate against this
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incumbent republican. eric cantor gave money to a super p.a.c. in one race and it turns out that this money is being used by candidates against incumbent members of the house caucus. at some point, neil, in response to your question republicans might say, hey, wait a minute. these guys are, you know, out of control. >> there is even a super p.a.c. now that's been created to at this to add ver tis to shake the race up and at least strengthen process. it has some effect in the primaries. >> congressman, if people want to sign he it at the party, where can they sign the la in? what can people do? people around the country. >> sure. they can go to the website of
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any of the groups we are going to have people from the american way and common cause and a whole host of great groups. they can go to resolutionsweek.org. resolutionsweek.org where they can learn about what they can do at a local level. they can go to the website of our amendment at the start as well, the occupy amendment.org and get a sense of what we are trialing to accomplish. there is -- this is i think, a really important moment because when the discussion turns to only the super p.a.c.s and we just accept the fact that elections are dominated by super p.a.c.s and we simply look to see which one is supporting which group can then we have almost lost the ability to control the debate and bring it back to the issues. >> that's what we are trying to do. i hope people will take advantage. >> we will have to link the sites up on our website at bill press show.com if you want to weigh in and you want to join in the conversation now about this
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book called "pity the billionair," one of the two best political books i have read in my life. he is going to be in studio. number one is his first book, "what's the matter with kansas?" ten years ago. >> something like that. >> we are joined in studio by congressman ted deutschech with bernie sanders to and the constitution in order to overturn citizens united. neil king from the wall street journal in studio as a friend of bill. fred wert heimer was in studio yesterdayheimer was in studio yesterday yesterday, talking about campaign finance reform. we were talking about the super p.a.c.s as well. what is the truth about super p.a.c.s being totally disconnected, no connection at all, with the political campaign? right. so santorum foster freeze
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something pack has nothing to do with the campaign. what is romney's? >> winning the future or restoring the future. something of the future. >> even though it's run by former romney aids, that has nothing to do with the romney campaign. >> even though can raise money for it. >> right. >> right. yeah. >> sure. sure. they can't coordinate. there is no one -- i don't think there is anyone who really believes that these groups operate independently. of course, they don't. >> doesn't seem that way. does it? >> there are so many ways to do it without necessarily coordinating. you can look at american crossroads and the rnc. the rnc, at the end of the week will put out a notice saying next week, we plan to advertise in these cities as obama makes this trip through the country. it's basically a smoke signal or whatever to american crossroads or whomever, hey if you want to join us in this effort. it's easy and the camera pavans do this as well to lay out your
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game plan in public which is way to signal to your colleagues on the other side of the wall to complement that in some fashion. >> and sheldon alingdzdelson and newt goes to vegas and santorum wins a primary in missouri and foster frees who is a funder of his super p.a.c. is standing alongside of him on stage. >> a remarkable coincidence. >> that's against the law. right? isn't it? for them to coordinate? so why doesn't the sec step in? >> you raise a good point. there is an awful lot that the s.e.c. should be doing that they are not doing because they are deadlocked. peter welch and i and some of our colleagues sent a letter to the president urging him to make appointments to the s e.c. it's supposed to be the watchdog. that watchdog has no teeth.
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and they haven't -- the s.e.c. hasn't acted on behalf of the american people in the process because they are continually bogged down in these tie votes. they need to do more. that would be an enormous step forward in trying to address some of these concerns but they just haven't. >> isn't the problem that amending the constitution that it takes so long and you can get a two-thirds vote, by the time you get two-thirds of the states, there won't be any deck omracy left anymore? the super p.a.c.s will have bought it? >> well here is -- it's not easy. there is no question. it is an enormously difficult task. however, number 1, it's the only way that we can be sure that citizens united can be overturned. it was a supreme court decision. it requires the constitutional amendment. at the same time, however, i point to the equal rights amendment which never passed never became part of the
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constitution. >> right. >>. >> but whole time that the equal rights amendment has been out there as part of the discussion, as a result of that, there has been -- there have been great strides in the legislative arena, in public policy being made around the country on behalf of equal rights. i think we are going to see the same thing. if this movement can take off there will be pressure to do as much as we can short of amending the constitution which will also help. >> is it conceivable that the justices, themselves, would look at what they have wrought and decide that this is not what they had in mind and take up the case in order to somehow or another fix that or fiddle with it? >> i don't know how the justices analyze that. i do know that in citizens united, if you take a look at justice stevens' dissent, he knew what was coming. he knew exactly what was coming. and his dissent which your viewers and listeners ought to go take a look at is a play for
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all of the to do exactly what we are trying to do today, to address this so that we don't wind up in the position where the system is dominated by corporations and special interests. >> here is the best news. neil king is going to go right back after this show and write an editorial endorsing the constitutional amendment. >> that's a high wall, and i am on the other side of it. >> congressman good luck today. we will be watching. >> thanks. i appreciate it. >> say hello to senator bernie sanders. >> i will. >> an uphill fight, as you know. but you are full of energy and it may be you will pull it off. neil king, great to see you my friend. >> likewise. >> i love having you in the studio. i will be back and let you know what the president is up to today. he has a busy day. on the on the road again. ♪ >> this is the bill press show. ♪
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